John McCusker celebrates 25 years as a professional musician with his first solo album in 13 years and a UK tour.
The Scotsman, who releases new LP ‘Hello, Goodbye’ on 29 April 2016, brings his live show to London’s Royal Albert Hall’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (27 April) and Cecil Sharp House (28 April).
The album, written while McCusker was on a world tour with Mark Knopfler, was recorded at his new studio built in a bothy dating from 1779 and features musicians like drummer James Mackintosh (The Blue Nile, James), bassist Ewen Vernal (Deacon Blue), guitarist Ian Carr (Eddi Reader), Grammy-winning US bluegrass star Tim O’brien, and Irish singer Heidi Talbot.
McCusker, who began playing fiddle and whistle as a child, joined folk legends Battlefield Band at the age of 17. By the time he left the band 11 years later, he’d released a self-titled album (1995) and ‘Yella Hoose’ (2000).
As a musician he’s worked with the likes of Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon, Eddi Reader, and, since 2008 Mark Knopfler as a member of his touring band. His production credits, meanwhile, include work by Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Reader, and Linda Thompson.